Friday, November 11th, 2022
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Team 800 responded at the request of Station 6, Westmoreland County, to the area off Tinker Run Park for a smell that had been reported in the area and a sheen on the stream from the day before. Multi...
Monday, September 12th, 2022
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Team 800 responded to a facility in Greensburg City that encountered an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) battery unit failure and worked along with FD ventilation crews to conduct air monitoring and m...
Monday, February 21st, 2022
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Team 800 responded to Mutual, Unity Township to assist Station 83 Mutual & 36 Pleasant Unity fire departments to mitigate a leaking home heating fuel tank. The resident quickly called 9-1-1 to rep...
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East Huntingdon Township Home Heating Fuel Leak, Team 800 personnel assisted local FD to mitigate fuel spill in the basement and then provided assistance to construct an underflow dam to collect the l...
Thursday, October 6th, 2022
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Team 800 personnel conducted air monitoring training with HAZSIM equipment and then conducted scenario incident command at 2 locations for an underground storm water storage system and a communication...
Friday, June 10th, 2022
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Team 800 performed standby duties for ARFF 121 for the 2022 AirShow in Westmoreland County. 7 members of the team provided response capabilities in R800, UT800, and C800 for practice on June 10, 2022
Wednesday, May 11th, 2022
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Dear Friend and Supporter:We wish to sincerely thank all the businesses and individuals who help make our 20th annual 2022 golf outing a huge success. Even though we were nearly rained out from nearly...
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Station 111 hosted a decontamination review in their new station and Team 800 conducted familiarization with the H800 apparatus. Thanks for hosting this informative session.
About us

 

The Westmoreland County Hazardous Materials Response Team 800 was organized in 1980, as a specialized team, to assist the County’s fire departments in response to Hazardous Material incidents.  Formed as a volunteer group, the original Team consisted of 15 members from local fire departments and the paid sector within the County.  The Team is under the jurisdiction of the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety.

 

The Team currently consists of 70 volunteer members from the fields of Fire, EMS, and law enforcement all over Westmoreland County.  The station is located at 108 Vaneer Avenue, in the City of Greensburg.  Our station was dedicated on December 28, 1995, to the memory of Assistant Chief John R. “Jack” Fisher, who died in the line of duty on September 28, 1995, while serving with Greensburg Fire Department.

 

Our Team is the sole provider of emergency response to HAZMAT incidents within Westmoreland County.  Starting with only one combustible gas meter, the Team has grown significantly over the past 25 plus years.  Thanks to the efforts of the team members themselves, through local fundraising, and the Westmoreland County Commissioners, as well as, the Region 13 Counter Terrorism Task Force, Sara Facilities served by the team, private donations and the tax payers of the Westmoreland County, we have grown to a state-of-the-art HAZMAT Team utilizing more than a million dollars worth of equipment to serve and protect our citizens.

 

Team 800 also responds as a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) offering specialized support to the many fire departments within the County, in the battle of structure fires.

 

Members of Team 800 are continually and progressively involved in specialized training, which helps to maintain the abilities and capabilities of the team.  This on-going education allows the Team to respond to any HAZMAT or RIT calls that may arise.

 

Team 800 has four membership categories:  Probationary, Regular, Specialty and Life.  To apply for membership with Team 800, you must be resident of Westmoreland County, have a valid PA driver’s license, a high school diploma or equivalent, HAZMAT Awareness Level training, and ICS-700 training.  Additionally, applicants must meet one of the following:  PA Certified FF1, PA EMT or Paramedic, or work as an officer for a Pennsylvania law enforcement agency.

 

Applicants who meet those requirements and are accepted to the Team will serve a probationary period of one year.  During that year, a probationary member must attend 30% of all training, calls and meetings, complete ICS-100 training, and complete training at the HAZMAT Operations Level.

 

Specialty members offer support to the Team in a specific field or specialty (radiation, communication, chemist, etc.).

 

Life members are those members on the Team who have served for 25 years, or who have served 10 years and are over 65 years of age.

 

Parties interested in joining Westmoreland County Hazardous Materials Response Team 800 can download an application in the “Files” section of the website.

 

 


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